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The Journey Home

We are home from the beach. It was really sad to leave our friends but I am just so grateful that we were able to be together for a fun weekend. Every time I am with this group I feel so lucky to have such amazing people in my life.

Brandon and I made the best out of our six-hour trek home. We stopped for lunch at an awesome hole in the wall seafood joint. It was recommended to us by Cristen and Graham and after some online research I knew it was exactly what we were looking for.

Enter B&J’s Seafood (like they have a website!) in Darien, Georgia. Darien is a very small coastal town located at the mouth of the Altamaha River and is known for their fresh local shrimp.

I knew B&Js was going to be good when we arrived to find it slammed with the local Sunday church crowd. I was raised in a small Georgia town so I am totally on board with small local places like B&Js.

After a quick glance at the menu we decided to split a shrimp and oyster dinner.

This was most definitely a splurge meal but worth it 100 times over.

The seafood was INCREDIBLE. I don’t think it gets better than fried oysters and the shrimp were delicious!

Since our fried seafood plate runneth over, I did convince Brandon to do the salad bar as our side instead of French fries. Hey, every little bit helps! πŸ˜‰

With full bellies it was back on road to head home. My rock star husband drove for all but the last 45 minutes while I read. It was wonderful. I feel so rested and relaxed after this weekend. I slept for nine hours every night, laughed a lot, did minimal working out and ate good food. It was exactly what the doctor ordered.

After six hours of sitting in the car my body was craving a stretch. Once we got the car unloaded I unrolled my yoga mat, turned on a heater and some meditative music and lit candles in the spare room. I did about an hour of flow and then called Brandon in for the seated poses and walked him through all of the assists so that I could get deeper into them. ο»Ώο»ΏIt felt great!

We didn’t have much to choose from in the way of dinner options so I made scrambled egg black bean quesadillas. I love adding scrambled eggs to quesadillas. So good! And then I snacked on half of an organic pink lady apple with cinnamon.

Off to prepare for BodyPump tomorrow morning. We are launching BodyPump 78 and I still have choreography to learn!

Hole in the wall restaurants…yay or nay?

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  • 1
    Jen W July 31, 2011, 11:11 pm

    Definitely yay to the hole in the wall restaurants! We have a fantastic mexican hole in the wall here in Gainesville, VA that is to die for! Plus I love supporting family owned joints! πŸ™‚

    • 2
      Jen August 1, 2011, 10:33 am

      i love super-authentic mexican! yum!

  • 3
    Ginger Holloway July 31, 2011, 11:25 pm

    Yes! Hole in the wall restaurants are a MUST! Especially love to check those places out when I am traveling! It makes the vacation so much better! Glad you had fun at the beach and ran with no hamstring pain!

    • 4
      Jen August 1, 2011, 10:33 am

      i agree! there’s nothing i hate more than eating at chain restaurants…especially on vacation! i want the local experience!

  • 5
    Matt @ The Athlete's Plate August 1, 2011, 6:19 am

    Hole in the wall places are ALWAYS the best. Glad you had a great time!

  • 6
    lindsay August 1, 2011, 7:08 am

    welcome home. I bet that hot yoga session felt good!

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    Kimberly @ Healthy Strides August 1, 2011, 7:31 am

    I’m a definite fan of hole in the wall restaurants. One of our favorite Italian places is attached to a gas station, and the Vietnamese restaurant isn’t pretty to look at but the pho is amazing. Glad you had a great trip!

    • 8
      Jen August 1, 2011, 10:32 am

      i have a weak spot for restaurants attached to gas stations! πŸ˜‰

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    Emily Zimmerman August 1, 2011, 8:25 am

    Yay! All the way! The best restaurants here in Chicago are the small, family-owned ones. I don’t go there for the ambience, but I go there for the food and excellent service.

    The seafood photos that you have posted look amazing, btw!

    • 10
      Jen August 1, 2011, 10:32 am

      my favorite thing about being at the beach is local seafood!

  • 11
    erin August 1, 2011, 8:33 am

    Hole in the wall restaurants are the absolute best. Sounds like you had a fun trip!

  • 12
    Becky August 1, 2011, 8:54 am

    Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend! I love hole-in-the-wall restaurants that serve local favorites. I feel like they also provide a really authentic experience.

  • 13
    Brooke @ Veggie Table August 1, 2011, 9:33 am

    I love a good hole in the wall – do you remember The Bottle Tree Cafe in Birmingham?! My favorite vegetarian / vegan spot! Forrest and I may have to take a trip to Bham just to eat there!

    • 14
      Jen August 1, 2011, 10:31 am

      yes! i LOVED seeing shows at bottle tree but i never ate there! πŸ™

      • 15
        Brooke @ Veggie Table August 1, 2011, 5:04 pm

        That was the coolest venue for live music – next time you go to Bham…you must eat there! Everything is delicious and fresh!

  • 16
    Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) August 1, 2011, 9:36 am

    Sounds like a fabulous weekend πŸ™‚

    And hole in the wall places are always THE BEST!

  • 17
    kat August 1, 2011, 10:20 am

    Hole-in-the-wall = Yay for sure. B&Js reminds me of Bowen’s just off Folly…you should definitely check it out next time you’re in Charleston area!

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      Jen August 1, 2011, 10:31 am

      kat – brandon and i have talked about trying bowens island for YEARS and have never gotten out there. we love oysters and have heard time and time again that it’s the spot for them! this is crazy but i have only been to folly once…even when we lived there we just always stayed on the mount p side of town!

  • 19
    Alaina August 1, 2011, 10:37 am

    Love hole in the wall restaurants! There was a Mexican restaurant that my family and I used to go to on the North Shore of MA. It was BYOB and it was so cramped. But the food was delicious! When they moved locations and got a liquor license, it totally lost its appeal and ended up closing. πŸ™

    Glad you had such a great weekend!

  • 20
    Holly @ RUST BELT RUNNER August 1, 2011, 11:42 am

    Thanks for sharing a photo of where you practice. I was curious what your “space” looked like.

  • 21
    natalie (the sweets life) August 1, 2011, 2:52 pm

    i’m a huge fan of hole in the wall restaurants–I usually seek them out when traveling!

    Glad you had such a fun weekend–I hope you have a mellow week now to follow πŸ™‚

  • 22
    Emily@RunningPerspective August 1, 2011, 3:35 pm

    um YUM!!!!!!!!!! looks so good
    ps LOVE YOUR BATHING SUIT!! you are like the cutest everr!

  • 23
    Nicole August 1, 2011, 5:56 pm

    Jen – that quesadilla looks amazing! Nom…

    Glad you had such a great, relaxing time at the beach!

  • 24
    Jennifer McManus August 1, 2011, 8:06 pm

    OK Jen..I’m laughing right now because after the 11 hr drive, I unrolled my mat Sunday morning and had a terrific outdoor heated yoga practice…then I called Greg outside to assist me for about 20 min of floor work. I think he enjoyed it as much as I did!!! He was great – love our hubbies who are willing to do anything for us!

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